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Springwood School Earns SAIS Accreditation

Springwood School is now a re-accredited member of SAIS. To earn re-accreditation from SAIS, Springwood School complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission which states, as a college preparatory school, Springwood is dedicated to providing quality education in a nurturing environment, focusing on mind, body, and spirit.

Springwood Headmaster Rick Johnson stated, “I am grateful to the entire Springwood family for the work completed and time invested during the accreditation process. It is truly a team effort to produce such outstanding results and share these in report form to the visiting team. The accreditation team was impressed with the report, including Springwood’s improvement plan, and the visit. As the team met with Grades 7-12 students at Sessions during their visit, it was great to hear the committee Chair announce that they would unanimously recommend Springwood for renewed accreditation. We are truly on the road of continual improvement.”

In March, the team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit to review Springwood School’s self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from some of the finest institutions in the southeast. The visiting team sought the answers to critical questions the school asked of itself. The visiting team said…. “Evidence provided in the self-study, as well as the documentation readily available on site, enhanced the efforts of the committee in completing both the research and the Accreditation Visit Report. It is apparent that the rich legacy of the school and the desire for longrange sustainability will undoubtedly lead Springwood into the new millennium.”

SAIS accredited member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. As such, SAIS accreditation is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers.

In today’s world of accountability in education, accreditation serves as a critical component of a school’s demonstrated effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for children. A school that is able to achieve accreditation demonstrates a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous standards; to engage in a program of continuous school improvement; and to demonstrate quality assurance to its stakeholders through self-evaluation and peer-review. SAIS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services and technical assistance that supports every school’s ability to identify and meet its goals for improving the teaching and learning process and mission-focused outcomes for students.

SAIS began its organizational life in 1903 as the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). In 1953, another organization began as the Southern Association of Independent Schools, providing a forum for independent school administrators to work with public schools through SACS and to contribute to the larger interest in accreditation in the Southeast. MAIS and SAIS merged in 1986 to form the present-day SAIS, which now works at the state, regional, and national levels, to serve and strengthen member schools through the promotion of the highest quality educational standards and ethical conduct. The mission of SAIS is to provide leadership, accreditation services, and professional development resources that will strengthen member schools as they fulfill their missions.

The Chattahoochee Valley Educational was founded in 1967 and began doing business as Springwood School in 1970. The school began operation an enrollment of 161 students in Grades 1-9. Through the 1970s, the school experienced growth as other grades were added, the first graduates received their diplomas in 1974. During the 2015-16 school year, Springwood had an enrollment of 290 students. Springwood School provides a strong academic education, but beyond that Springwood emphasizes values that are so necessary for true success in today’s ever-changing world. Among these values is a commitment to provide a college preparatory education in a Christian environment.